Feds probe sticky throttles in 1.9M Ford sedans

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DETROIT (AP) ? Federal safety regulators have launched an investigation into sticky accelerators in more than 1.9 million Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable sedans.

The probe includes cars from the 2001 through 2006 model years. The Taurus and Sable are nearly identical.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received at least 14 complaints about the problem. No crashes or injuries have been reported.

But drivers have said it was difficult to stop the car. Several said they had to shut off the engine or shift into neutral in order to stop. At least two ran red lights before they could bring the cars under control.

The safety agency says the cruise control cable may become detached and hold the throttle open.